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Elon Musk is trying to redefine transportation on earth and in space. Through Tesla Motors, he is aiming to bring fully-electric vehicles to the mass market; at SpaceX, he is working to send humans to other planets. For now he launches satellites and has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to send supplies to space, with plans to send astronauts to the International Space Station as early as mid-2017. It has been a meteoric rise for Musk, as both companies he founded and still runs have skyrocketed in value and catapulted Musk into the national spotlight. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing lately. In May 2016 a Tesla vehicle crashed while on autopilot, killing its occupant — thought to be the first fatality involving a self-driving car. Tesla disclosed the accident nearly two months later, drawing criticism for not alerting shareholders about the crash sooner; the SEC is reportedly investigating it for a possible breach of securities law. Investors also balked at Musk’s plan for Tesla to acquire SolarCity, a publicly-traded solar panel designer and installer run by his cousin, Lyndon Rive. Tesla stock fell some 15% in after-hours trading following the June 2016 the announcement. Two months later it reached an agreement to buy SolarCity in a $2.6 billion, all-stock deal pending shareholder and regulatory approval. The South African-born Musk immigrated to Canada at age 17 and then to the U.S. as a transfer student to the University of Pennsylvania. He made his first fortune as a cofounder of PayPal.
In 2012, Tesla launched Model S, the world’s first premium electric sedan. Built from the ground up to be 100 percent electric, Model S has redefined the very concept of a four-door car. With room for seven passengers and more than 64 cubic feet of storage, Model S provides the comfort and utility of a family sedan while achieving the acceleration of a sports car: 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. Its flat battery pack is integrated into the chassis and sits below the occupant cabin, lending the car a low center of gravity that enables outstanding road holding and handling while driving 265 miles per charge. Model S was named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year and achieved a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In late 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled two dual motor all-wheel drive configurations of Model S that further improve the vehicle’s handling and performance. The 85D features a high efficiency motor at the front and rear, giving the car unparalleled control of traction in all conditions. The P85D pairs a high efficiency front motor with a performance rear motor for supercar acceleration, achieving a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds – the fastest four-door production car ever made.
Now with more than 50,000 vehicles on the road worldwide, Tesla is preparing to launch Model X, a crossover vehicle that enters volume production in 2015. Featuring exhilarating acceleration, falcon wing doors, and room for three rows of seating, Model X defies categorization.
Tesla owners enjoy the benefit of charging at home so they never have to visit a gas station or spend a cent on gasoline. For long distance journeys, Tesla’s Supercharger network provides convenient and free access to high speed charging, replenishing half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. Superchargers now connect popular routes in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Tesla’s vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, previously home to New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. The Tesla Factory has returned thousands of jobs to the area and is capable of producing 1,000 cars a week.
The company is expanding its manufacturing footprint into other areas, including in Tilburg, the Netherlands, where it has an assembly facility, and Lathrop, California, where it has a specialized production plant. To reduce the costs of lithium ion battery packs, Tesla and key strategic partners including Panasonic have begun construction of a gigafactory in Nevada that will facilitate the production of a mass-market affordable vehicle, Model 3. By 2020, the gigafactory will produce more lithium ion cells than all of the world’s combined output in 2013. The gigafactory will also produce battery packs intended for use in stationary storage, helping to improve robustness of the electrical grid, reduce energy costs for businesses and residences, and provide a backup supply of power.
Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation.
Today, Elon Musk will finally tell the world how he wants to colonize Mars — an ambition of his that has served as the foundation for essentially all of his commercial spaceflight endeavors. Musk will specify his plans for making humans a multi-planetary species during a one-hour speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. The event is scheduled for 2:30PM ET, and will hopefully provide more insight into Musk’s colonization plans, which have been something of a mystery up until now.
Musk has given some hints about his vision though. We know there are key pieces of hardware he wants to build to bring settlers to the Red Planet, including a massive rocket and a spaceship for transporting passengers and cargo. And late Sunday night, Musk gave us a sneak peek of the new powerful engine that those vehicles will use: the Raptor. SpaceX just conducted its first full-scale test of the Raptor engine, which is expected to be about as powerful as one of the main engines that powered the Space Shuttle. If all goes to plan, multiple raptor engines will help propel the first SpaceX settlers to Mars.
But starting a Mars settlement requires more than just rocket engines and spaceships. We still don’t know anything of the settlement’s habitats, and there’s the health of the humans to consider in this human colony. The environment of space is not an inviting one, and keeping people safe — both on the way to Mars and on the planet’s surface — will require technological solutions that haven’t been figured out just yet. Plus, there’s still one of the biggest questions of all: how will all of this be funded? SpaceX is known for its low launch costs, but a Mars colony will be an extremely expensive enterprise, and it seems unlikely the company will be able to pay for all of this on its own.
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